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May 27, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 18

Welcome Additions

Adj. Asst. Prof. Firmin DeBrabander '94 (Philosophy)

PhD, Emory University

Fields of Interest: History of Western Philosophy; Spinoza; Stoics; Ethics; Social and Political Theory.

Course: Perspectives on Western Culture.

Debrabander, who received his master's degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, recently presented "Psychotherapy and Moral Perfection: Spinoza and the Stoics and the Prospect of Happiness," at a session of the North American Spinoza Society at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, in Pasadena, Calif., and "From Cosmopolitanism to Prudentia: The Emergence of a Stoic Realpolitik," at the Fordham Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.

Asst. Prof. Sheila Gallagher (Fine Arts)

Fields of Interest: Contemporary Art, Painting, Technology in Art.

Courses: Introduction to Painting, Advanced Figure Drawing

An artist who shuttles between BC and her South Boston studio, Gallagher has taught at Wellesley College, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Boston, Vermont College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to a master of fine arts degree from the Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts, she holds an undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and attended Cooper Union in New York City. Gallagher's work has appeared in exhibitions in Boston and New York and has been reviewed by The Boston Globe, Art New England and other publications.

Adj. Asst. Prof. Colin Heydt (Philosophy)

PhD, Boston University

Fields of Interest: Ethics and the history of philosophy, with emphasis on the 18th and 19th centuries.

Heydt's dissertation explored Mill's views on character and its development. His current work examines ethical problems related to the perception of action, character, and situation. At BC, he has given courses on anger and on ethical awareness. He has taught on the summer faculty at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin.

Asst. Prof. P. Monique Valcour (CSOM)

PhD, Cornell University

Fields of interest: Career dynamics; the integration of work and family roles; work-family conflict; organizational career management; career experiences of dual-earner couples.

Course: Organizational Behavior.

Valcour holds a bachelor's degree in French and theater arts from Brown University and a master's in education in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University in addition to her doctorate in organizational behavior from Cornell. Her experience in higher education includes working an admission officer and alumni relations officer at several colleges and universities, and teaching organizational behavior and organization theory to human resource managers at Cornell. She co-authored a chapter, "Work-Life Integration: Challenges and Organizational Responses" in It's About Time: Couples and Careers and research on work and family issues has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Program on Workplace, Workforce and Working Families and by the Russell Sage and Rockefeller Foundations' Future of Work Program.

"Welcome Additions" profiles new faculty members at Boston College.

-Stephen Gawlik, Reid Oslin and Mark Sullivan

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